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Softball: Cats' prep for Gauchos

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THIS WEEK: Arizona continues its five-game home stand with a visit from UC Santa Barbara (21-13, 2-4 Big West). The two teams meet in a two-game series this weekend at Hillenbrand Stadium. Arizona and UC Santa Barbara compete Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at noon PDT. 

The Wildcats are preparing to play their fourth and fifth games of the week. Arizona dropped its midweek series to fifth-ranked California at Hillenbrand; Cal swept the Tuesday doubleheader (6-2, 5-1) before Arizona avoided the sweep with a 7-3 Wednesday victory.  

The Gauchos are coming off a series loss at Pacific last weekend. Like Arizona, UCSB dropped games one and two (6-5 and 3-2) before winning game three 5-3 to end a four-game losing streak.

UC Santa Barbara is led by Shelby Wisdom both in the circle and in the batter's box. Wisdom is 12-9 on the season and has a 2.52 ERA with 97 strikeouts in 119.2 innings pitched to go along with a .324 batting average, five home runs and a team-high nine doubles and 31 RBI. 

The Wildcats are 12-1 all-time against UC Santa Barbara. UA's lone loss came in the first year of Division I softball when UC Santa Barbara downed Arizona 1-0 in nine innings in 1982. Arizona has won the last 10 meetings between the two clubs. The Cats and the Gauchos lest met Feb. 24, 1991. Arizona earned an 8-0, five-inning victory in Tempe. 

LEADING OFF

- UA picked up its first win over a top-five team in its fifth try on Wednesday. Previously, Arizona had lost twice to Oklahoma, ranked second and first, and dropped its first two games against fifth-ranked California. The Cats started the season 0-6 against ranked competition and are 2-3 since then.

- Arizona plays its next four games against non-conference opponents, its final four nonconference games remaining on the docket. The Cats travel to New Mexico State next Tuesday for a doubleheader. Following the double dip, the Cats finish the season with 15 Pac-12 games.

THE GAMES

Date                                      Time (PDT)          Opponent                           Location

Saturday, April 6               6:00 p.m.             UC Santa Barbara             Hillenbrand Stadium

Sunday, April 7                  12:00 p.m.           UC Santa Barbara             Hillenbrand Stadium 


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